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Citizens Lash Out at Iranian Government for Downing Airliner

By: Martin Li

· Global Affairs

Protests erupt throughout Iran as thousands of civilians march through the streets expressing anger at their government following official confirmation that Ukrainian flight PS 752 was shot down by the Iranian military. Iranian military officials claimed that they had mistakenly identified the commercial aircraft holding 176 civilians as a U.S. military jet. After several days of denial and insistence that mechanical failures downed the flight, the Iranian government, facing increasing international pressure, admitted they were responsible for the deaths of the passengers on board.

Since this news, Iranians have flooded the streets calling for the “death” of the Supreme Leader and expressing resentment for being lied to. Among the chants heard from the protestors were calls for the government to resign, that Soleimani was a murderer, and "Khamenei [to] have shame. Leave the country." Calling for the death of Khameini is an executable offense.
During the protests, British Ambassador Rob Macaire was arrested and promptly released, causing even more international backlash.
This wave of protests come less than two months after the Iranian government fired upon and killed up to 1,500 demonstrators in November. They were protesting rising gas prices and economic uncertainty.
Sunday morning U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted in both Farsi and English, pleading with the Iranian government “DO NOT KILL YOUR PROTESTERS. Thousands have already been killed or imprisoned by you, and the World is watching. More importantly, the USA is watching.”

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